Recall Roundup: Toyota, Ford, GM, Mercedes ... You Name It

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

Toyota has issued a recall for approximately 130,000 of its 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks (both Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab variants). One of the body panels, a piece of trim on the pillar between the front and rear doors, might be installed in a way that prevents the side curtain airbags from deploying correctly. If that happens, occupants might not receive the highest level of protection, and that's not good news for anybody.

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Hit All Greens on Your Drive to Work

Researchers prove how easily traffic light systems can be hacked.

It reads like something out of The Italian Job, hacking into the traffic light system to cause chaos or, better yet, ensuring you hit all greens on your way to work. But, this scenario is no longer just high-tech fodder for action movies; it's actually possible in real life.

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Formula E: Proof that Batteries Can Be Fun

A lack of exhaust noise won't mean a lack of great racing.

Starting its inaugural season this September, Formula E will bring a whole new concept to the table - a fully-electric racing series. It was only a matter of time before electric race cars appeared, because (and let's be honest here), EVs are the future, and it would behoove humanity to make EVs appear exciting before they're forced upon us all. And if there's one thing we can guarantee about the Formula E series, it's excitement.

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Recall Roundup: One Small Automaker, Three Small Recalls

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

More often than not, you only hear about hypercars (e.g. LaFerrari, McLaren P1, etc.) in glowing prose on the pages of a buff book. However, problems do arise with all manufacturers, even small-batch ones like Koenigsegg. The Swedish manufacturer had to issue a recall for exactly one vehicle, a 2013 Koenigsegg Agera, because an error with the tire-pressure indicator light means the car does not conform to a federal safety standard.

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Recall Roundup: Suzuki, Chrysler, Jaguar, and Audi

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

Arachnids like to hide in small, dark places. It makes sense, then, that spiders might enjoy the various tubes and hoses inside a vehicle. That's been the case in the past, and it's the case once again with nearly 20,000 Suzuki vehicles. According to the automaker, our eight-legged friends really enjoy the 2010-2013 Kizashi's evaporative canister vent hose. If the spider and its web completely block this hose, it might cause the fuel tank to crack, which could lead to a fire.

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2 Years After Stringent MPG Standards, We're Not Even Close

The road to 54.5 mpg is paved with good intentions.

Two years ago today, NHTSA and the EPA announced new fuel efficiency standards that will bring the average miles-per-gallon of new cars to 54.5 by 2025. Undoubtedly auto manufacturers will have to make serious leaps forward in technology over the next decade to come anywhere close.

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